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EU Parliament approves law to make buildings more energy efficient

The European parliament approved a new law on Tuesday that requires member states to push the renovation of buildings to make them more energy-efficient and reduce the EU's carbon emissions.
A majority of 370 members of the European Parliament voted in favour of the bill, while 199 opposed and 46 abstained.
Buildings account for 40% of the European Union's energy use, and most are heated by fossil fuels. The new rules will lead to the upgrade of buildings to use less energy - a move that also aims to wean countries off Russian gas faster and curb households' bills.
"This law is going to help people to save money on their energy bills and take people out of energy poverty, while reducing emissions from our buildings and cutting demand for fossil fuel imports," said Green MEP, Ciaran Cuffe, who negotiated the law.
Under the new law, the EU's 27 member states will have to apply newly created standards to non-residential buildings, like offices or hospitals, and will be able to use EU funds to make them more energy-efficient.
"There is a lot of EU money ready to fund renovations," Cuffe said in a statement.
The standards may be applied to residential buildings as well, but there will be no obligation to renovate for individual homeowners.
The law was controversial after several countries such as Italy opposed, saying neither governments nor homeowners could afford the renovations.
Italian legislator Angelo Ciocca, whose party, Lega, belongs to Italy's ruling coalition, blew a whistle in the European Parliament on Tuesday in protest at the approval of the law, until he was taken out by security officers.

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https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/eu-parliament-approves-law-make-buildings-more-energy-efficient-2024-03-12/




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  • Jane Wangui

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    This is greater...actions as such will help reduce the emissions by a huge percentage.

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    • We Don't Have Time

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      • johnte ndeto

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        That's a significant step towards addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions in the EU.

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        • Chris Ndungu

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          This is a absolutely great by EU in battling against climate change. It is really manifesting a pledge to combatting changes that hinder the wellbeing of climate.

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          • Rashid Kamau

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            This is such a better way to lower emissions and overall environmental impacts.

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            • walter lungayi

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              The approval of a law by the EU Parliament marks a significant step towards sustainability. By prioritizing energy efficiency, the EU demonstrates a commitment to combatting climate change and moving towards a more sustainable future. This initiative sets a positive example for other regions to follow in creating environmentally friendly infrastructure.

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              • Esther Wanjiku

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                This is indeed ground breaking and will see to it that up coming constructions adjust to modern energy needs that are sustainable and clean

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                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                  5 w

                  Good news from European parliament, it has really shown great commitments towards the fight against climate change

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                  • Abraham Jok Atem

                    5 w

                    The European parliament is doing something great

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                    • Rashid Kamau

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                      @abraham_jok_atem We applause the tremendous effort to fight climate change in a broader manner.

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                    • mary Mwihaki

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                      This is super great for the EU to improve competitiveness and fight aganist climate change.

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                      • Vermeer Xie

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                        Another great example set by the EU for the rest of the world!

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                        • Rashid Kamau

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                          @ke_vermeer_xie EU is greatly impactful by the laws set to curb climate change.

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                        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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                          I am really moved by the European Union concerted efforts in the fight against climate change.Buildings account for a large percentage of energy use in the EU member states.I am optimistic that this law will work miracles.

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                        • George Kariuki

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                          This is huge news for Europe and the fight against climate change! ️➡️ ♻️ Energy-efficient buildings are a win-win - lower emissions, less reliance on fossil fuels and potentially lower energy bills for Europeans This might not be easy for everyone involved, but with EU funding available to support renovations, it's a step in the right direction. #GreenBuildings

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